Inghram said Thompson told him, "Man, if you want to play and hang out, just come up."
After high school and encouraged by Thompson, Inghram and his friend, drummer Sam Wiseman, went to Marshall and studied music.
"We were like their first two jazz studies majors," he said.
It lasted less than a year.
"We were like, 'This sucks,'" he said. "There just wasn't anything going on at the time."
Wiseman went to Berklee Music College in Boston. Inghram went to The Collective in New York, where he spent a year studying with jazz players like Matt Garrison and Lincoln Goines.
"That was super cool, but then I came back to Charleston."
He played around locally and worked at Gorby's Music. When Thompson began looking for a new bassist for his band, he remembered Inghram.
"It was like everything came full circle for me," he said. "I joined the band, and that's when the real education started."
While some of his musician friends have left the area, Inghram said he's never regretted staying. He said he plays with top-shelf musicians -- probably better musicians than he'd have access to in other places.
He also has his family.
"I have an amazing family, a beautiful finance and an eight-month-old son," he said.
And there are plenty of opportunities for him to play. Aside from his various shows with Thompson, Inghram hosts an open mic/jam session one Sunday a month at the Empty Glass. He also has his own band called the Get Down Crew and recently joined 600LBS OF SIN.
"That happened last week," he said. "We played once in Charleston and then once at 123 Pleasant Street in Morgantown, and we've got a show Friday at the Empty Glass."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.
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600LBS OF SIN
WHERE: The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St.
WHEN: 10 p.m. Friday
INFO: 304-345-3914 or www.emptyglass.com